Bertha Money Wigram Line, London to Melbourne

“Bertha,” Red Cross Line, London to India. 1872. Source: Illustrated London News [Click on image to enlarge it.]

New Steamships

We give Illustrations of two fine new steam-ships lately added to the British mercantile fleet — Northumberland the belonging to Messrs. Money Wigram and Sons, of London, for Australian traffic; and the Bertha, one of the Red Cross line, for India via the Suez Canal, belonging to Messra. C. M. Norwood and Co., of Hull.

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The Bertha, was built by Messrs. Oswald and Co, of Pallion, Sunderland, and has just been completed. Her length over all is 313 ft., but 302 ft. between perpendiculars; her breadth of beam is 35ft, and ber depth of hold is 25 ft 4 in. Her gross registered tonnage is 2220 tons, net registered tonnsge 1423 tons. The engines, designed by Mr. W. Oswald, are of 250-horse power nominal, but are effective to 1200-horse power; they are of the inverted cylinder compound condensing type, with some improvements. The vessel is rigged as a barque, with iron lower masts and square yards, and with the patent reefing topsails. She can be steered either from the stern or from amidships, and both the steering apparatus and the engine-room are under the control of the master by Oisborne'B patent telegraph. There is accommodation for fifty first-class passengers, and for second-class passengers also; the first-class saloon, 50 ft. long, is elegantly and luxuriously fitted. The Bertha arrived in the Thames, from Sunderland, on the 15th nit, and took in her cargo in the Victoria Dock : she sailed on the 25th, under the command of Captain T. Lawrence.

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“New Screw Steamships.” Illustrated London News 60 (3 February 1872): 120-21. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 15 December 2015.

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